Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose $2.55 (5.5%) to $48.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.8 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.64-$48.90 after having opened the day at $46.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.20. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 17.2%, Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), up 14.3%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 4.6%, and Feihe International ( ADY), up 4.3%.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $6.91 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), down 8.4%, Post Holdings ( POST), down 4.7%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4%, and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 2.8%, were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Diamond Foods ( DMND) being today's food & beverage industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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